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Desi, Delgado and Seton Hall Demolish DePaul

DePaul had a heck of a time stopping Seton Hall's duo of Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado Saturday afternoon, and the end result was a lopsided 87-56 loss to the Pirates before a partisan crowd of 7,797.

DePaul now drops to 7-9 overall and 0-3 in the Big East, while Seton Hall improves to 12-3 overall and 2-1 in the Big East.

In a game of runs early in which DePaul went on a 10-0 run to even up the game midway through the first half, Seton Hall went on a definitive 15-6 run to end the first half. That proved to be an ominous foreshadowing of things to come.

From there the Pirates' rout was on, as Seton Hall opened the second half on a demonstrative and demoralizing 26-4 run. The game was never in doubt from that point on, as Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard played his second unit for the last 10-12 minutes of the second stanza.

It seems like DePaul did not know what hit them, as the Blue Demons came undone at the seams. They did not play with any defensive intensity like they had showed in games against Villanova and St. John's. 

In the end, Rodriguez scored a game-high 25 points (23 which came in the first half), while Delgado recorded his ninth-straight double double, as he went for 20 points and 12 rebounds.

The Demons had absolutely no answer for these two players.

DePaul coach Dave Leitao was none too pleased with how his team ended the first half and which then led to the second-half onslaught.

“On the defensive end when you lose a sense of that collective (intensity) and you're playing against really good teams, they'll make you pay for it,” Leitao said. “I thought our intensity dropped off dramatically.”

For DePaul, about the only player to show up was Billy Garrett. The senior played 32 minutes and scored 22 points on 8-11 shooting from the field, while turning the ball over three times.

Besides Garrett's hot shooting, the rest of the team shot a miserable 12-43 from the floor. Overall, Seton Hall shot 54.1 percent from the field and 46.4 percent from three-point range, while DePaul shot 37 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from three-point range.

Led by Delgado, Seton Hall also killed DePaul on the boards, out-rebounding DePaul 42-27.

DePaul will now have a short turnaround and get set to play Providence at Allstate Arena on Tuesday.

Leitao will head back to the drawing board looking for answers.

“Win, lose or draw, every game is a challenge,” Leitao said. “We got to watch what we did and didn't do today and get ready for Providence. It will be a totally different preparation, both mentally and physically. We got to take it a day at a time and a game at a time.”

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